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Today in History: June 7th, 1958

Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

The Legendary Singer-Songwriter Prince Is Born

On this day in 1958, a musical legend was born. Prince Rogers Nelson, who would become known to the world simply as Prince, entered the world in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the years, he would go on to change the music industry and leave a lasting impact on popular culture.

Prince was born to John Lewis Nelson, a jazz musician and songwriter, and Mattie Della Shaw, a jazz singer. Growing up in a musical family, Prince showed a natural talent for music from a young age. He learned to play several instruments early on, influenced by his parents’ passion for music.

Prince playing the guitar on stage.
American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker Prince performs onstage during the 1984 Purple Rain Tour on November 4, 1984, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Ross Marino / Getty Images)

Wile he had been working in the industry for years, it was his albums 1999 in 1982 and Purple Rain in 1984 that made him a global superstar. Prince was known for his electrifying performances and his ability to blend different music styles, including funk, rock, R&B, and new wave. Songs like “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss,” and “Purple Rain” became hits that defined a generation.

Throughout his career, Prince won many awards, including seven Grammy Awards, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He was not just a talented musician but also a strong advocate for artists’ rights. In a famous move to gain control over his music, he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, highlighting the struggle for creative freedom in the music industry.

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Prince passed away in 2016, but his influence remains strong. As we remember his birth on June 7, 1958, we celebrate his incredible contributions to music and his fight for artists’ rights. Prince’s innovative spirit and musical genius continue to inspire and resonate with fans all around the world.

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